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British American Tobacco v the Health Select Committee. BAT’s chairman Martin Broughton accused MPs on the committee of running a ‘kangaroo court’ after they asked him and former Chancellor Kenneth Clarke, the company’s deputy chairman, about allegations regarding smuggling cigarettes into Canada. At the committee, Broughton ripped up an internal memo referring to smuggling and […]

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